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Michael Leitch - Flanker

Club: Sun­wolves

DOB: Oc­to­ber 7 1988 Caps: 59

World Cup caps: 8

World Cup pts/tries: 10/2 Kiwi-born flanker, 30, who re­paid Ed­die Jones’ de­ci­sion to make him cap­tain by in­spir­ing the side to their great­est rugby mo­ment so far with that 2015 win over South Africa. Al­lac­tion Sun­wolves’ star moved to Ja­pan at just 15 and was ed­u­cated at Tokai Univer­sity.

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